Things have settled down for me now and so life is pretty dull and I find I have nothing to say.  I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings and short of each day just saying “hello” and “I am doing fine.” there is nothing to write  about without just telling the whole world gossip that benefits no one and could hurt.  So I am not going to blog any more.  I am not going silently into that good night I am just changing my format.   I enjoyed doing the blogging back when I was working on Uncle Web’s life story and told you about what he was doing years and years ago  and I have worked on my family tree since 1950 and enjoyed it.  Now I have a new slant on the family tree and instead of following the male family name I want to do the family tree following the mitochondria DNA or mtDNA  this is tracing the female DNA back as far as I can go starting with my great grand daughter, Gina.  At the moment she is the only person in my line to be able to carry and pass on my mtDNA.  If Mali gets married and has a girl then there could be another one.  There is no Petts mtDNA passed on in our line that I know of as Norman had no aunts or great aunts that I know of and they would have been the only ones to have the Petts mtDNA.   I guess my first blog had best be to answer the question of “What is mitochondrial DNA?”  It is not completely defined but I will try to explain it so we all know what I am talking about.   I will end this here and come back once I get it all straight in my own head so I can explain it to you.   Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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